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Class of 1972 50th Reunion: May 20-22, 2022

The countdown is on! From May 20 - 22, the Class of 1972 will gather back home on campus at Fairfield to celebrate your milestone 50th Reunion Weekend! We cannot wait to celebrate with you! 

Registration is NOW OPEN! Please click the button below to register.*

For questions/more details regarding your weekend and its activities, visit the FAQs below and/or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280 or email alumni@fairfield.edu.

*User ID#s for those needing to register for the online community are located in the footer of your registration email (sent 2/15/22). If you did not receive this email and/or still need assistance, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 203-254-4280 or email communityhelp@fairfield.edu.

Reunion Schedule

Below is the planned schedule for the Class of 1972's Reunion Weekend. We are excited to welcome you back home for any/all of these festivities! If you have questions in the meantime, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280. Please note that times and locations are subject to change.

Schedule as of April 2022. 

Event Time Location
Registration Opens
Pick up your registration packet and campus room keys (if applicable). Light refreshments will be served. 
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Faber Hall 

Convocation Center and Arena Exclusive Preview & Walking Tour
Join David Frassinelli '92, Vice President of Facilities Management, for an exclusive guided hard-hat tour of the new Convocation Center and Arena. Note: To maintain safety, tour capacity is limited. If unavailable upon registering, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations to be placed on a waiting list. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Following our Convocation Center tour, a campus tour guide will take you on a walking tour of several of the newest buildings on campus and a stop at the Stag Statue for a 50th Reunion photo op!

Two tour options:
3 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Departs from Rec Plex
Free Time at Fairfield
Not joining us on the tour? Spend your afternoon getting reacquainted with your classmates – and your alma mater! Relax in the Faber Hall Lounge, visit the Fairfield University Art Museum, or stop by the Stag Spirit Shop or Downtown Bookstore. The afternoon is yours to explore campus at your leisure. Refer to your registration packet for hours and locations.
Fairfield University Campus
Class of 1972 Welcome Dinner
Kick off your Reunion with a casual buffet dinner while reconnecting with your classmates.
6 p.m. Dolan School of Business Event Hall

 

Saturday, May 21

Event Time Location
Check-in for Saturday Arrivals
If you’re just arriving on campus, check in and pick up your registration materials.
9 a.m.  Faber Hall 

Breakfast and Free Time at Fairfield
Coffee will be available beginning at 7 a.m. for those staying on campus. Get reacquainted with your classmates over breakfast! Or, take this time to walk your old stomping grounds. Refer to your registration packet for ideas, hours, and locations!

*If you are starting your day with us at the Golden Stags Induction Luncheon, registration will move to the Conference Center Dining Room at 10:30 a.m.

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Faber Hall
Golden Stags Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
Celebrate the Class of 1972’s official induction into the Golden Stags at this special ceremony with University President, Dr. Mark Nemec, PhD. Each attendee will have their photo taken with the President. A special luncheon will immediately follow the ceremony.
11 a.m. Conference Center at Fairfield University
Baccalaureate Mass Preparation
Undergraduate academic regalia will be provided for your participation in Baccalaureate Mass.
3 p.m. Conference Center at Fairfield University
Baccalaureate Mass 
Join the Class of 2022 in this time-honored tradition by participating in the Mass procession. Reserved seating will be provided for you and your guest.
4 p.m. Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex

Class of 1972 Cocktail Reception and Dinner Dance
Celebrate and toast to 50 years with your classmates. A DJ will play some of your favorite hits or your listening and dancing pleasure.  

5:30 p.m. Conference Center at Fairfield University
Event Time Location
Buffet Breakfast and Preparation for Commencement
Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet, don your caps and gowns and prepare for Commencement. Undergraduate academic regalia will be provided. Alumni are invited to bring their own advanced degree regalia.
7:30 a.m. Conference Center at Fairfield University

72nd Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
March in the academic procession as Fairfield celebrates its 72nd Commencement and the 50th anniversary of your graduation. Class of 1972 participants will receive special recognition. There will be reserved seating for your guest. Commencement is rain or shine. Please plan accordingly (umbrellas, raincoat, etc.).

9 a.m.  Bellarmine Lawn

Farewell Lunch
Immediately following Commencement, pick up a boxed lunch for the road or stay and enjoy it with your classmates.

Conference Center at Fairfield University

50th Reunion Fairfield Journeys

A lot has happened since your time at Fairfield - and we want to hear about it! 

Please consider writing a short narrative of your “journey” since graduation. A collection of these reflections will be compiled and live on your Class's personal webpage after you become "Golden Stags." Even if you cannot attend your Reunion, we encourage you to submit an entry. Previous 50th Reunion classes have found these memories to be inspiring, and have appreciated the chance to reconnect with classmates and hear about their lives after graduation. We need as many entries as possible to make this project a success, and will continue to remind you to participate!

Your story can highlight a wide range of things – from your professional career to your family, hobbies and personal life. You may submit your entry in the following ways:

• Online by filling out our online form at www.fairfield.edu/classof1972journeys
• E-mail it to reunions@fairfield.edu 
• Mail your submission (with the above questions/answers) to Fairfield University,
Attn: Colleen McGinn, 1073 No. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
• Call Colleen at (203) 254-4280 with any questions.

Read the journeys submitted so far by your classmates in the Class of 1972:

Robert Dawe

Read Robert's Journey

Robert Dawe

My Post-Grad Journey:
Graduated in May 72, started medical school at New York Medical in June 72. Enter accelerated 3 year program graduated AOA(top 5%) with MD in June 75. Went to Hartford Hospital surgical intern, Orthopedic resident St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital NYC, fellowship Dupont Institute. Private practice Orthopedic Specialty Group Fairfield Ct. Chief of Orthopedics Bridgeport Hospital Yale New Haven 1999-2009. President Eastern Orthopedics Assoc. 2007-2008.Instructor Yale University Scholl of Medicine 1987-2008.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
Getting to work with Dr. Donald Ross in senior year research program.

Bill Harker

Read Bill's Journey

Bill Harker

My Post-Grad Journey:
My journey after Fairfield most importantly led to my marriage to Pat. We are blessed to be celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary this year. With two wonderful children and being able to share our life with our 9-year-old granddaughter life is good! Also important is my parallel journey. After graduating with a MS in Clinical Social Work from Columbia my dream was to become Mental health commissioner of New York State. During my first two years, I was promoted several times to a regional administrative job. I quickly realized that this was not for me. I shifted gears and took a job as a director of an outpatient mental health clinic. After several years, I completed the Psychiatric residency program at Columbia's Medical School. I left the State and started a career in private practice, which I am blessed to continue to this day. The Faith based foundation of my practice deepened through the extraordinary education I received at Fairfield. Looking back, I do regret my support of the tripartite committee decision to limit Philosophy and Theology requirements.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
At Fairfield I had several life changing experiences. Volunteer time at the Kennedy Center inspired me to transfer from Pre Med to Psychology. The mission trips to Vanceburg, Ky and Dahlonega, Ga were life changing as well. Wonderful friendships were made on these trips to another America. In the midst of an overwhelming era as the Viet Nam war raged on, my consumption of way too much alcohol didn't help! I remember expecting a blessing from my Organic Chemistry teacher when i decided to go on strike against the war. I was only 1 of 2 Pre Med students who did so while 85% of the school went on strike. Thank God I was saved by the tripartite committee! Trips to Tarrytown, the year at the NIT, intramural were all fun memories. I also loved the peace I found on our beautiful campus.

Thomas McKinney

Read Thomas' Journey

Thomas McKinney

My Post-Grad Journey:
I owe this incredible Fairfield journey to Fr. George Galarelli, who offered me a scholarship after talking to me for about thirty minutes. Because of his generosity, I have had a blessed life. My only regret is that I never asked him what he saw in me that day. After majoring in Business management at Fairfield, I went on to get my MBA from Fordham University. For the next 23 years I worked in broadcast television and radio, and cable television. Working first as a local and national account executive for Westinghouse Broadcasting; and then as VP and General Manager for Mutual Black Network. I then became president of the parent company, Sheridan Broadcasting. I returned to Westinghouse when they acquired Teleprompter Cable as VP Advertising Sales. After the company was sold, I became President of the Cable Advertising Bureau, a trade association for the cable industry. After I left the industry, I became an organizational development consultant, speaker, and trainer, specializing in leadership, team building, diversity & inclusion, and ethics. The highlight of my life after Fairfield has been raising my beautiful children, Thomas II, my twins Nicole, and Anthony, with my wife Frances who has been by my side for 56 years.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
My favorite memory of Fairfield is learning that I was a thespian. Doug Menaugh suggested that we audition for “The Detective Story” directed by Professor Robert Emmerich. We did and I got the lead role of Detective McCleod. I had never been to a theater performance before that. The most memorable part of this thespian journey was the night my wife, Frances and my two-year-old son came to the little theater to see the play. When I made my entrance, my son screamed, “That’s my daddy”. You can imagine the audience burst out laughing, while it took all of my strength to stay in character.

Chris Samele

Read Chris' Journey

Chris Samele

My Post-Grad Journey:
I remained at Fairfield after graduation as a Graduate Coordinator in Regis and earned a MA in American Studies. I then began a 25-year career in education as a high school social studies teacher and Assistant Principal earning a few more degrees along the way. In 1998 I retired and began studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport at Catholic University in D.C. I was ordained in May of 2003 and served in parishes until last November when I retired a second time. I now live at a parish in Fairfield helping out at various parishes in the area.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
Fairfield and the Jesuits provided me with a solid foundation for my life's journey. I am sure that is where the seed for priesthood was first planted but took some time to sprout. Having never left the area, visits to University events have been a part of my life for the last 50 years. Pre-covid I would go on retreats to the Jesuit Retreat/Retirement Center in Weston, MA where I would see many Fairfield Jesuits - Vic Leeber, Vinny Burns, George Gallarelli, Al Cardoni, Larry O'Neill. They have all gone home to God. I owe Fairfield a lot.

Ted Sybertz

Read Ted's Journey

Ted Sybertz

My Post-Grad Journey:
After Fairfield, I received a PhD from the University of Minnesota and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Virginia, specializing in pharmacology. I spent 19 years at Schering Plough Research Institute in drug discovery and development, initially as a senior scientist and ultimately achieved the position of presidential fellow. I then joined Geltex pharmaceuticals as Senior VP of R and D. Geltex was acquired by Genzyme and I became head of drug discovery and development at Genzyme until my retirement. Sharon Purdie, my wife of 45 years and I have two wonderful children and a 1-year old grandson. We share the same passions of downhill skiing, sailing, bicycling and distance running. I have stayed active with Fairfield over the years. Our family sponsors a scholarship fund. I have been a member of the college of arts and sciences advisory board since 2005. I have given numerous lectures to biology and chemistry students and faculty at Fairfield. In 1987 I was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2017 became the second alum to be inducted into Fairfield's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (my friend and professor emeritus Kurt Schlichting '70 being the first).

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
I have many favorite memories of my time at Fairfield. These include Freshman Orientation, classes with inspirational professors such as Carmen Donnarumma, John McCarthy and Donald Ross, ice hockey games at the Wonderland of Ice, and spring trips to the Appalachian hills of Kentucky and Georgia.

Rich Umbdenstock

Read Rich's Journey

Rich Umbdenstock

My Post-Grad Journey:
I combined my degree in politics with a masters in health services administration and spent 40+ years in health policy, education and administration. It started in Albany with the Hospital Association of NYS and then the American Hospital Association (AHA) in Chicago. I met Barb, a nursing quality assurance consultant, and we married in 1977. We moved to Spokane, WA, in 1979 where I experienced a few years of hospital administration, a decade of independent consulting and a dozen years of regional Catholic health system leadership. From there we moved to DC where I served as the CEO of the AHA for almost a decade and I retired in early 2016 as President Emeritus. We have four children. At one point, they were all in college at once. All have settled in the Pacific NW, and they and their spouses have blessed us with seven grandchildren. We now divide our time between Spokane and Buckeye, AZ.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
Fairfield provided many wonderful experiences. I learned to think more critically and broadly. I had a great circle of friends and classmates. I played varsity tennis. And I helped organize two homecoming weekends and oversaw a dormitory as a senior, bringing me into direct contact with the university's administration and decision-making processes. Recently, I served on the advisory board of the Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education within Fairfield's school of nursing.

Michael Venezia MA, CSW, CSS

Read Michael's Journey

Michael Venezia MA, CSW, CSS

My Post-Grad Journey:
After teaching language arts at Branford High School, I had the opportunity to work at Chateau Monbousquet, St. Emilion France. Upon my return to NYC I began my wine career at Kobrand Corporation, an import and marketing firm. Global travel, Michelin restaurants, and fine wines and spirits were a part of corporate responsibility. My career path led to an opportunity to join United Distributors Inc. in Atlanta Georgia as the Corporate Director of Education and also served as Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University. Retired now traveling and drinking my cellar.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
A collection of memories are distilled into early days on Campion 2, the beauty of the campus and environs, my classmates who became brothers and the academic challenges this Jesuit Liberal Arts offered its student body.

Robert Zimardo

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Robert Zimardo

My Post-Grad Journey:
I got a BA degree/Spanish major and a teaching degree. Got a teaching job in Bristol, CT and Branford, CT for 6 years. Moved back to Long Island in 1978 and went on working for various pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in sales, management, and ownership for the 35 years until retirement.

What is your favorite Fairfield University memory?
Meeting my lifelong friends. Dorm life, all nighters, crazy parties. My teachers; Father Leeber, S.J. ; Paul Davis; and RA Father Mahan, S.J.. Friends for life: Jim Sinnott, Lou Stathis, Jim Thompson, Mitch Syp, Joan Barber Syp, Jim Kelly. Red Garter night. Best times of my life in those days.

Reunion Committee & Classmates

A special thank you to the members of the Class of 1972 50th Reunion Committee! 

Joseph Berardino
James Clarke
John Herlihy
James Kelly, Jr. 
Robert Lacobelle
Thomas McKinney
David O'Connor
Rev. Christopher Samele
Elaine Halas Scott
Joan Barber Syp
Mitchel Syp
Edmund Sybertz, Jr.

Contact information (mailing address, phone number, and/or email address) for the following members of the Class of 1972 is missing from our database. If you know where your classmates are and/or how to get in touch, please e-mail alumni@fairfield.edu.

S. Thomas Butera
Albert Fischetti
John Mathews
James Montagano

Last updated: March, 2022

As we prepare to celebrate the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1972, we remember in a special way the members of our class who have gone before us...

Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May these and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Kenneth Alexander Jr. 
Real Bourgon
Colleen Britt
Anthony Clerihew
Donald Conn
Philip Courtney
Kenneth Daly
Lawrence DeTullio
Robert Doyle
Stephen Ferri
Richard Fischer Jr. 
Margaret Gallagher
Lee Goodman
William Gorski
Robert Groen
Gerard Hourihan
Herbert Keating
John Keough Jr. 
James Kiernan
Joseph Kurzel
Brian Lenihan
Vincent LeRoy Jr. 
Thomas Lyddy

Patrick McCaherty
William McDonnell
John McGrath Jr. 
John McManus
John O'Brien
Kathleen O'Brien
Dwight Page
Stanley Pawloski
Robert Ranieri
Kevin Regan
James Russo
James Shukie
Richard Singer
James Sinnott
Donald Tenczar
James Thompson
Michael Tibbets
Ronald Waite
Robert Wollow

Last updated: March, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Fairfield University recommends that all visitors be vaccinated or be able to produce results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of a campus visit. For the latest information regarding Fairfield's COVID-19 policies and response, visit fairfield.edu/healthyu.

Updated: April 2022

To register, you will need to log in to the Alumni Online Community. 
  • First time visitors: Click "register now" and search for your record by first name, last name, and class year. You will be prompted to enter a user ID# to verify your record. This can be found in the footer of your registration email or by emailing communityhelp@fairfield.edu
  • Return users: Log in using your username and password. Don't remember either or both? Request to have your username and/or a password reset link sent to you via the link on the login page. Emails will go to the address we have on file. 
  • Still need assistance? Please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 203-254-4280 or email communityhelp@fairfield.edu

Registrations will also be taken over the phone by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 203-254-4280, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST). 

To update your contact information so you don't miss any information, you can contact us directly at alumni@fairfield.edu or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280.

The deadline to register for all Reunion Weekend events (and to ensure your name is included on all official print materials such as nametags, programs, etc.) is Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

After that time, we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate additional registration requests to do ongoing supply chain demands. 

Friday, May 20
Welcome Dinner $40 per person
Saturday, May 21
Breakfast Complimentary
Induction Luncheon $35 per person
Cocktails & Dinner $75 per person
Sunday, May 22
Breakfast Complimentary
Boxed Lunch Complimentary
Campus Housing $50 per person, per night

If you have questions in advance, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280. Please note, we strive to keep this weekend as affordable as possible! 

No tickets will be distributed/mailed prior to Reunion. You will receive a confirmation of your registration through email (if provided during registration) and will check in upon arrival at the event. 

Yes! Spouses/guests are welcome to any of the weekend activities. Please note, however, that 50th Reunion is an adults-only event.

On-Campus Housing
On-campus housing will be available in Faber Hall. Faber Hall is suite-style living able to accommodate one to four guests per room (ex: 1-4 single self-identified roommates, or one two-person couple) in XL twin beds. Each room has a private en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. As space is limited, we encourage guests attending Reunion "stag" and wishing to stay on campus to identify up to three (3) additional roommates. 

On-campus housing accommodates come with basic linens, towels, a light blanket and pillows. Guests may choose/wish to bring additional necessities such as toiletries, hangers, an alarm clock, or additional towels/blankets/pillows. Linens are not changed nightly.

Reservations may be made/rooms reserved on your Reunion Weekend Registration form. On-campus housing is $50 per person, per night.

Hotel Accommodations
As your 50th Reunion celebration coincides with Commencement at Fairfield University, if you wish to stay at an area hotel, we encourage you to book early. A special 50th Reunion rate for your class has been secured at both these locations: 

Trumbull Marriott
180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT 06611
$189 per night (plus tax) for king or double room. Rates are available Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 22. Rate expires on April 29, 2022 or when block is full. To book, please visit: 50th Reunion 1972 - Trumbull Marriott call (203) 378-1400 and reference 50th Reunion and your Reunion's block of dates (May 20-22, 2022).
*As of 2/14/21 there is still availability at this hotel for both nights, albeit limited. Please book via the online link above or call and reference 50th Reunion to receive the rate. Booking via a third party website and/or the regular Marriott website may result in the property appearing sold out for your Reunion dates. 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford
6905 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06614
Rates include: $199 (1 Queen Bed Studio Suite), $239 (1 King Bed, 1 Bedroom Suite), $299 (2 Bedroom-2 Bath Suite - 1 Queen-1 Queen). Rates are available Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 22. Rate expires on April 19, 2022 or when block is full. To book, please visit 50th Reunion 1972 - Homewood Suites or call 203-377-3322 and reference 50th Reunion and your Reunion's block of dates (May 20-22, 2022). 

Please note: 
The Holiday Inn Bridgeport-Trumbull-Fairfield unexpectedly closed its doors permanently on January 31 and our room block there has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

For a full list of additional area hotels, please visit fairfield.edu/hotels. We recommend entering these locations into Google Maps so you are aware of the distance to/from campus. 

Friday Evening Welcome Dinner & Saturday Daytime Activities: Casual
(In the past, some classmates have preferred to wear a suit jacket to the Golden Stags Induction Luncheon on Saturday as each will have their photo taken with the President. This is not required.) 

Baccalaureate Mass & Saturday Dinner Dance:
Men - slacks, shirt and jacket (tie not required)
Women - dress, skirt/dress pants and blouse.

Typically, attendees wish to change prior to Mass/the Class Dinner Dance. There will be time to return to your hotel before Mass/Dinner to do so and/or hospitality suites will be available.  

Commencement: Casual
(Note: you will be wearing a cap and gown over your outfit so please dress comfortably. All attendees are asked to be mindful of the weather as Commencement is held outside rain or shine). 

We will, to the best of our ability, work to modify activities happening during your Reunion to accommodate anyone with physical and/or dietary special needs with advanced notice. Please inform the Alumni Relations staff of any special needs prior to your arrival by indicating them on your registration form online or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280 to speak to someone directly regarding your needs. You may also contact or Colleen McGinn, Director of Alumni Engagement at cmcginn@fairfield.edu

A list of registered guests can be viewed on the online registration site or by clicking on the button near the top of this page. 

For those staying on campus, convenient parking near the campus housing accommodations will be provided. For guests driving to/from campus for activities, parking will be made available to you when you arrive on campus for Registration. From that point forward, you will be transported to all 50th Reunion activities (if applicable) via campus transportation. Accessible parking is available on campus/can be arranged with advanced notice. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280 to ensure your needs can be met prior to arrival.

Refunds are available only on cancellations made by Wednesday, May 4, 2021.  

After this date, we will have given counts and guarantees to our vendors and we cannot accommodate refunds. Should an emergency situation arise after that date requiring a cancellation or modification of your registration, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 203-254-4280.

As of January 1, 2018, Fairfield University is designated as a smoke-free, tobacco-free environment. The use of tobacco and tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco or snuff, and electronic cigarettes on campus is prohibited. In addition, all illegal substances are prohibited on campus. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be dealt with appropriately by the Department of Public Safety and the Fairfield Police Department. 

The Classes of 1970 and 1971 will be having their long-awaited 50th Reunion celebrations in November, 2021. Click the albums below to view photos from their long-awaited Reunions!

Class of 1970: November 6, 2021
Class of 1971: November 13, 2021

Want to revisit some of Fairfield's history before you return to campus? View our online University Archives & Special Collections through the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

Feel free to contact us at any time!

The Office of Alumni Relations: (203) 254-4280
Email: alumni@fairfield.edu
Fax: (203) 254-4104
Website: www.fairfield.edu/50threunion

Colleen McGinn 
Director, Alumni Engagement
Email: cmcginn@fairfield.edu
Phone: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2417

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